Senate approves medical, health sciences varsity in Ekiti as bill scales second reading

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A Bill to establish a Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences (FUMHS), in Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State, scaled through the second reading in Senate on Tuesday.

The Bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences, Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State and for matters connected therewith, 2021” was sponsored by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central).

Bamidele said the Ekiti State Government has already offered to release about 1,000 hectares of land for the take-off of the institution.

The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, and Senator Ibrahim Gobir supported the establishment of the institution saying that it will support research.

They noted that the outbreak of the pandemic has exposed the poor state of medical facilities in the country due to lack of adequate manpower.

They also said the establishment of the teaching university would hasten medical research into vaccine production in the country.

The Senate, through a voice vote unanimously agreed that the bill is passed for second reading and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred it to the Committee on Health, to report back in four weeks.

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